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November 15 2012

Newly discovered gene could explain how humans evolved from apes


SCOTS scientists have discovered a new gene which could help explain what makes us human.

The new gene found by researchers at the University of Edinburgh could help explain how humans evolved from apes.

Scientists say the gene called miR-941 appears to have played a crucial role in human brain development and may shed light on how we learned to use tools and language.

They say it is the first time that a new gene carried only by humans and not by apes has been shown to have a specific function within the human body.

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